In the first 11 full years of operation (January 1, 1986, through December 31, 1996) of an adult lead registry in New Jersey, 23,456 reports of occupational lead toxicity (blood lead level = 1.21 Ámol/L) in 4,011 workers, involving 496 workplaces, were received. The majority of the reports and workers were from the manufacturing and construction industries. Over the 11 years, the annual numbers of reports and workers declined, although the annual numbers of involved workplaces remained stable, as did the number of newly identified workers and workplaces. The decline occurred primarily in the manufacturing industry; the construction industry experienced an increase in reports and reported workers. For all years combined, 36% of reported workers had at least one blood lead level equal to or greater than 1.93 Ámol/L, although in the most recent years the percentage dropped overall and in both the manufacturing and construction industries.